Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

AG History Snippet – LTG Timothy J. Maude in Vietnam

The photo is of then 2LT Tim Maude (left), circa late 1967 or early 1968, participating in the dedication of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade headquarters at Camp Frenzell-Jones, Long Binh, Republic of Vietnam.  2LT Maude was the 199th Brigade Adjutant and was reading the dedication citation.  In the photo as well is the 199th Commander, BG Robert Forbes (center). 

The 199th established its first and only Brigade Main Base, or BMB, several klicks northeast of Saigon and Bien Hoa called Camp Frenzell-Jones.  The BMB was named after two of the Brigade’s early combat casualties from Alpha Company, 4-12 Infantry, PFC Herbert E Frenzell and SPC Billy C. Jones.  The camp consisted of 513 acres and included fixed and rotary wing runways.  The camp was also across the road from Ho Nai Village, which was a main enemy infiltration corridor into Saigon (source – Camp Frenzell-Jones).

The dedication plaque at Camp Frenzell-Jones read as follows:

2LT Maude went on to achieve a stellar 35-year Army career and attained the rank of LTG.  He became the Army G1 in August 2000.  He was killed in action September 11, 2001 during the terrorist attack on The Pentagon.  Throughout his Army career, LTG Maude always said that his highest priority was taking care of the heart of the Army, both Soldiers and their Families; a job he loved with great passion.  LTG Maude was first and foremost a Soldier.  His peers remember his usual introduction as, “I’m Tim Maude and I’m a Soldier.”

The photo of 2LT Maude was provided by COL (Ret) Wayne H. Morris, AG Corps Hall of Fame, Class of 2014.  COL (Ret) Morris served in Vietnam with LTG Maude in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade.

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Last Ground Combat Troops Depart the Republic of Vietnam

By CPT G A Redding

The American colors are lowered at the final retreat ceremony on Hill 260 overlooking Da Nang, South Vietnam. This was the last flag to fly over a U.S. support base in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN). The ceremony was one of the activities marking the stand down of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, and attached units. These were the last of the U.S. maneuver battalions in the RVN.

With the departure of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, from the Da Nang area, Republic of Vietnam (RVN), on August 11, 1972, U.S. forces officially ended participation in the Vietnam ground war. At the peak of U.S. participation in the ground war in 1969 there was a total of 112 maneuver Battalions engaged in the conflict. Soldiers from the Battalion will either be reassigned to other units within the RNV or returned to the United States using usual returnee procedures.

Nicknamed “The Gimlets,” the Battalion arrived in Vietnam on August 14, 1966. They originally operated in the Tay Ninh Province, Military Region III. In April 1967, the Battalion along with its parent Brigade was attached to Task Force Oregon and shifted to the Chu Lai area in Quang Tin and Quang Provence, Military Region I. The Task Force was later organized into the U.S. 23rd Division (Americal) and participated in several large operations conducted in the Quang Tin and Quang Ngai Provinces.

More recently, the Battalion was moved to Da Nang where it provided security for the air base and other military units in the area. LTC Rocco Negris of Springfield, VA was the Battalion Commander. Duties of the Battalion were taken over by the South Vietnamese 3rd Infantry Division. There were only four helicopters available to execute the entire Battalion’s extraction. They’d drop off the RVN Soldiers and pick up the U.S. Solders. But why only four helos? Well, by that time there weren’t all that many U.S. Hueys available. As the U.S. participation in Vietnam continued to fade, there were less than six U.S. Army Hueys in I Corps sporting a U.S flag on their tail.

Freedom Birds arrive to pick up the last U.S. ground troops from the field, seven miles west of Da Nang, RVN. These four helicopters executed the entire extraction of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry.

CPT G A Redding, AG Corps, accompanied a CBS news crew throughout the 3rd Battalion’s extraction and stayed at the Battalion’s Fire Base on Hill 260 until a final U.S. motorcade left the Fire Base and all other U.S. personnel were extracted by the Hueys. At the end of the Battalion’s extraction there was a certain uneasiness over the ground that had been fought over for so many years. After what seemed an eternity, a lone helo returned that afternoon to extract CPT Redding and the CBS news crew. In stepping onto the helo skid, CPT Redding was effectively the last Soldier to leave a U.S. fire base in RVN. The photos that follow show the extraction of the 3rd Battalion.

Ariel view of Hill 260, occupied by B Battery 3/22nd Field Artillery, which was part of Task Force Gimlet. B Battery supported the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry until they were withdrawn from the field in Vietnam. Da Nang Airbase is in the distance to the right.
In support of extraction operations, Companies from the RVN 56th Regiment, 3rd Division, set up security for the landing zone after trading positions with Companies of the U.S. 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry.
A member of Company B, 3rd Battalion, waives to the chopper as it comes to extract the Company from the field and reunite him with the rest of his unit at “Gimletland” – the name they’d given to their hilltop Fire Base.
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, move toward their extraction Huey.
Ken Wagner, from CBS News, and his News Crew accompanied by CPT G A Redding, observe the extraction of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry.

About the Author: During his Army career, now LTC (Ret) G A Redding served in various AG assignments to include the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN (1974 – 1978); Office of the Secretary of Defense, American Forces Information Service (AFIS) (1978 – 1982 and 1985 – 1990); and as Executive Officer, U.S. Army Audiovisual Center (USAAVC), the Pentagon (1983 – 1985).  LTC (Ret) Redding retired from the Army in 1990.  LTC (Ret) Redding is also an AGCRA Founding Member.

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AGCRA Chapter Lineage

The Chapter lineage provided below is compiled by the AGCRA Historian and Association files reviewed since AGCRA’s founding in 1987.  This Chapter linage is a living document and will continue to be updated.  Point of contact is the AGCRA historian at Historian@agcra.com.

Aloha (Hawaii)

16 Nov 1991 – Chapter activated.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (COL Swain) an inactive letter.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (COL Swain) asking for support to reinvigorate the Chapter; Chapter was subsequently reactivated.

Alamo (Fort Sam Houston)

7 Jun 2010 – Chapter activated.

Arctic Adjutants (Alaska)

14 May 1993 – Chapter activated.

14 Oct 1999 – Requested to amend by-laws to reflect two subcommittees, based on geographical dispersion (North – Forts Wainwright and Greely; South – Fort Richardson) under one Chapter President.

15 Oct 1999 – AGCRA NEC approved request for two subcommittees.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (LTC Vannatter) an inactive letter.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (LTC Vannatter) asking for support to reinvigorate the Chapter.

11 Feb 2009 – Chapter inactivated by AGCRA President (COL Manning).

8 Nov 2010 – Chapter reactivated by AGCRA President (COL Manning).

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is currently in an inactive status.

ARSOF (Virtual) – based at Fort Bragg

27 Aug 2012 – Chapter activated.

Bavaria (Germany)

10 Mar 2004 – Chapter dissolved by AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew).

Unknown Date – Chapter reactivated.

16 Jun 2008 – Chapter deactivated by AGCRA President (COL Mustion).

Bison (Fort Riley)

21 Sep 1990 – Chapter activated.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Seniorr HR Officer (LTC Golya) an inactive letter.

Unknown Date – Chapter reactivated.

Buffalo Bill (Wyoming)

6 Apr 1991 – Chapter activated.

16 Jun 2008 – Chapter deactivated by AGCRA President (COL Mustion).

Carolina Chapter (Fort Jackson)

14 Feb 1991 – Chapter activated.

Chesapeake Bay Chapter (Fort Meade)

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (Mr. Ham) an inactive letter.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (Mr. Ham) asking for support to reinvigorate the Chapter.

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is currently in an inactive status.

Eisenhower (SHAPE Belgium)

16 Apr 1991 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (COL Poet).

Unknown Date – Chapter was deactivated.

Follow Me (Fort Benning)

27 Aug 2013 – Chapter President (LTC Welch) requested name change from Follow Me to Fort Benning,

26 Sep 1023 – AGCRA President (COL Garlick) approved name change to Fort Benning,

Freedom’s Front Door (USMEPCOM Virtual)

24 Sep 2010 – Chapter activated.

Gateway Chapter (St. Louis)

14 Aug 1998 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by CPT Towne, Chapter President.

28 Oct 1998 – Activated as 29th AGCRA Chapter by AGCRA President (COL Hardesty).

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (COL Goode) an inactive letter.

30 Jul 2008 – COL Goode requests formal deactivation of Chapter.

17 Nov 2008 – Chapter deactivated by AGCRA President (COL Manning).

Gator (Fort Polk)

9 Nov 1994 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by LTC Reehm, Chapter President.

1 Mar 1995 – Chapter activated.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (MAJ Manus) an inactive letter.

Unknown Date – Chapter reactivates.

Golden State (California ARNG)

12 May 2009 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by LTC MacDonald, Chapter President.

7 Jul 2009 – Chapter activated.

Gold Vault (Fort Knox)

5 Dec 1988 – Chapter activated

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (LTC Rado).

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is considered a large hub Chapter based on activity and support.

Greater Atlanta (Fort McPherson)

11 Jul 1992 – Chapter activated.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (COL Barnes) an inactive letter.

6 Jul 2008 – Chapter (LTC Downer) requested good standing memo in order to register on Fort McPherson.

21 Jul 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) sent memo to Chapter attesting its good standing.

Unknown Date – Chapter deactivated with closing of Fort McPherson and movement of FORSCOM Headquarters to Fort Bragg.

Horatio Gates (Fort Ben Harrison)

17 Nov 1989 – Chapter activated.

9 Mar 1995 – Chapter proposed deactivation concurrent with deactivation of AG School Battalion in June 1995, the move of the Soldier Support Center to Fort Jackson, and renaming the Chapter the Gates-Carolina Chapter at Fort Jackson.  The units remaining on Fort Ben Harrison after the 1991 BRAC were:  The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), several USAR and Indiana National Guard units, and the Indianapolis Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS); hence the Horatio Gates Chapter remained active and a new Carolina Chapter was activated at Fort Jackson.

3 Mar 2003 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Chapter.

27 Jun 2003 – Chapter (COL Jones) declares itself a non-viable Chapter.

Hudson Valley (West Point)

19 Feb 1995 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by COL Wyatt.

27 Apr 1995 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (LTC Dagnes).

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (COL Bruno) an inactive letter.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (COL Bruno) asking for support to reinvigorate the Chapter.

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is currently in an inactive status.

Iron Mike (Fort Bragg)

24 June 1989 – Chapter activated.

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is considered a large hub Chapter based on activity and support.

Iron Soldier (Fort Bliss) – see Rio Grande and Sun City below.

Lion of St. Mark (Vicenza, Italy)

13 Apr 1992 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by 2LT Magee.

30 Apr 1993 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (LTC Waters).

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (LTC Waters) an inactive letter.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (LTC Perfetti) asking for support to reinvigorate chapter.

Lone Star (Fort Hood)

13 Jan 1993 – Chapter activated.

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is considered a large hub Chapter based on activity and support.

Masters City (Fort Gordon)

15 May 2012 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by SGM Royal.

26 Jun 2012 – Chapter activated.

Mediterranean (Naples, Italy / AFSOUTH)

26 Apr 2013 – Chapter activated.

Morning Calm (Korea)

9 Nov 1989 – Chapter activated.

Mountaineer (Fort Drum)

3 Nov 1992 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by CPT Manta.

6 May 1994 – Chapter activated.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (LTC Masley) an inactive letter.

Mount Rainier (Fort Lewis)

21 Nov 1991 – Chapter activated.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (COL Avery) an inactive letter.

Old Dominion (VA ARNG)

27 Jun 2012 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by MAJ Martin.

4 Sep 2012 – Chapter activated.

Ozark (Fort Leonard Wood)

12 Mar 1992 – Chapter activated.

Patton’s Gateway (Kuwait)

7 Apr 2015 – Chapter activated.

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is currently in an inactive status.

Pike’s Peak (Fort Carson)

17 Dec 2001 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (LTC Devine).

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (Ms. Foster) an inactive letter.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (LTC Hauser) asking for support to reinvigorate chapter.

Pony Express (Fort Leavenworth)

28 May 1993 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (LTC Adams).

16 June 2008 – Deactivated by AGCRA President (COL Mustion).

2018 – Chapter reactivates.

Potomac (NCR)

2 Jun 1990 – Chapter activated.

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is considered a large hub Chapter based on activity and support.

Red River (Fort Sill)

19 Nov 1990 – Chapter activated.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (LTC Staley) asking for support to reinvigorate the Chapter.

Rhein-Hessen (Bad Kreuznach, Germany)

26 May 1994 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by LTC McKenney.

18 Jun 1994 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (COL Finke).

16 June 2008 – Chapter deactivated by AGCRA President (COL Mustion)

Rhein-Neckar (Heidelberg, Germany)

19 Apr 1991 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (COL Finke).

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (COL Ellis) asking for support to reinvigorate the Chapter.

Rio Grande (Fort Bliss)

8 Mar 2002 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by LTC Miller.

15 Apr 2002 – Chapter activated.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (COL Bailey) an inactive letter.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (COL Bailey) asking for support to reinvigorate the Chapter.

13 Apr 2012 – Chapter submitted activation petition and name change as Iron Soldier Chapter signed by MAJ Jacobson.

30 May 2012 – Chapter activated as Iron Soldier Chapter.

2018 – Chapter requests and is approved for name change to Sun City.

Rocket City (Redstone Arsenal)

19 Mar 2012 – Chapter activated.

Rock of the Marne (Fort Stewart)

14 Feb 1994 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by LTC Rogers.

28 Apr 1994 – Chapter activated as First to Fight Chapter.

30 Apr 1999 – Chapter submitted name change to Rock of the Marne.

18 May 1999 – National Executive Council (NEC) approves name change.

3 Mar 2003 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter placing Chapter on 6 months probation.

4 Sep 2003 – Chapter requested an extension of probation until 1 Feb 2004.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (LTC Aiton) an inactive letter.

17 Nov 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Manning) wrote to Senior HR Officer (LTC Aiton) asking for support to reinvigorate the Chapter.

Screaming Eagle (Fort Campbell)

21 Aug 1992 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (LTC King) placing chapter on probation for 6 months.

16 Jun 2008 – AGCRA President (COL Mustion) sent Senior HR Officer (LTC Miller) an inactive letter.

Space Coast (DEOMI, Patrick AFB)

8 Dec 2014 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by LTC Beckwith.

22 Jan 2015 – Chapter activated.

28 Jan 2019 – Chapter is currently inactive.

Spartan (Fort McCoy)

27 Oct 2011 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by SFC Windom.

2 Dec 2011 – Chapter activated.

Sun City (Fort Bliss)– see Rio Grande and Sun City above.

2018 – Iron Soldier Chapter requests and is approved for name change to Sun City.

Thunder Mountain (Fort Huachuca)

6 Nov 1995 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by COL Murphy.

19 Jan 1996 – Chapter activated.

10 Mar 2004 – AGCRA President (COL Bartholomew) sent Chapter viability letter to Senior HR Officer (LTC Ladra) placing Chapter on probation for 6 months.

Tidewater (Fort Monroe)

11 Apr 1990 – Chapter activated.

Tri-Cities (Fort Lee)

9 Aug 2012 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by LTC Windisch.

6 Sep 2012 – Chapter activated.

Volunteer (TN ARNG)

7 Jul 2015 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by MAJ Stackpole.

12 Aug 2015 – Chapter activated.

Windmill (Brunssum, Netherlands)

3 May 2002 – Chapter submitted activation petition signed by LTC Lindahl.

26 Aug 2002 – Chapter activated.

Unknown Date – Chapter deactivated.

 

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